OGDEN — Weber State's football team gets one last chance today to do something it hasn't done all year — win a game in front of the hometown fans.
The Wildcats, whose only victory of the season came on the road at Southern Utah, host Northern Colorado in a Big Sky Conference clash that kicks off at 1:35 p.m. in Stewart Stadium.
It will be the final home game for 13 Weber State seniors, who will finish up the 2012 campaign and their collegiate careers next week on the road against Idaho State.
The Wildcats, 0-4 at home this season, will try to avoid becoming just the second team in school history to go winless on their own field. The 2004 WSU squad went 0-5 at Stewart Stadium and 1-10 overall.
Weber State has never lost to Northern Colorado in the previous six games played between the two schools, but this just might be the year the Bears break through, as they have notched three wins this season — including conference victories over Idaho State and Portland State — and barely lost to nationally ranked Northern Arizona.
Last week's win over Portland State was the Bears' first Big Sky road victory in two seasons, and now they have a chance to win three league games for the first time since joining the Big Sky seven years ago.
“Northern Colorado comes in playing good football the last few weeks," WSU interim coach Jody Sears said, "so it will be another good test for us. We have to be ready to play.”
The Bears' strength is their defense, particularly in the passing game, where they rank second-best in the league. And quarterback Seth Lobato and running back Tromaine Dennis provide a pair of potent offensive weapons.
Weber State's own quarterback-running back tandem of Mike Hoke and C.J. Tuckett will be among the 13 seniors who will be honored prior to today's opening kickoff.
They'll try to help the Wildcats maintain their mastery over UNC in a series in which WSU has won all six games by an average of 12 points per game. Weber State is 3-0 against the Bears in Ogden, including a wild 50-47 quadruple-overtime thriller the last time these two teams met at Stewart Stadium in September 2010.
That marathon matchup was made even more memorable by the fact that, in the third overtime, the stadium lights suddenly shut off and delayed resumption of the game for about 20 minutes.
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Northern Colorado (3-6, 2-4 Big Sky) at Weber State (1-8, 1-5)
Today, 1:35 p.m.
Stewart Stadium, Ogden
Radio: 1280 AM